STL’s Top Songs of 2011:: Part One – 60-41

So here we go again. Another year over means another 365 days (give or take) of musical output has to be recollected, distilled and ranked. I have something of a love/hate affair with these sort of lists because as much as I enjoy looking back on the treats the year has produced (and 2011 has delivered plenty) I find the decision process itself to be a difficult one. Songs have little personalities of their own and our view of them is constantly shifting according to time, occasion and place. A one-time classic quickly becomes jaded with repetitive plays, while a relatively recent discovery is still basking in the after glow of its emergence. On the whole however, I’m pretty confident that this batch of tracks are an accurate account of the year’s best music according to my ears and these pages.

Unsurprisingly it is again dominated by the home-grown contingent – with 2011 besting a 2010 that was oft-defined as the best ever for Irish content. It’s genuinely exciting to think that this time last year an artist like Moths was just messing about in his bedroom, making the tentative steps on songs that have now been blogged about the world over. As I trace the soundtrack to my 2011 what really excites me is the mound of great Irish music that I know I’ll be writing about over the course of the next year. Anyhow, here’s the first instalment with the final list to be completed in the coming days…

 60) The Ambience Affair – ‘Weeds’

59) No Monster Club – ‘Who Wants A Man’

58) The Eulogys – ‘Bouquets’

 57) Nouveonoise – ‘Believe’

 56) Tracksuit Warrior – ‘Suit Up and GO’

55) This Club – ‘I Won’t Worry’

54) Leaders Of Men – ‘Up Against The Wall’

53) Ghost Estates – ‘Paris’

52) British Sea Power –‘Mongk II’

 51) REID – ‘Genesis’


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